Jim Sonefeld, drummer for Hootie & the Blowfish, has released a single to Christian radio from his current EP Love. "The Cross Before the Crown" is the most autobiographical song on Sonefeld's five-song project and was written by the talented artist. It chronicles Sonefeld's battle with drugs and alcohol and how his faith gave him the strength to once again put Christ back in charge of his life.Now the time has come,/though I've been slow to change/ desperation's led me here to you/I know my ways are not your ways /so i reach for the truth/ I am here to give my heart to you. The single is being promoted by Air 9 Promotions.
Sonefeld's testimony and strong faith have been resonating with fans and the press as his interviews include; Phil Valentine Show, AXS.com, CBN/700 Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, Brian Joyce Show, Young Salvationist Magazine, Tennessee Christian News, Spirit Catholic Radio Network, Breathecast, The Bridge Chicago.
Love is the follow-up project to the previous releases in the trilogy series, Found in 2012 and In in 2014, which showcases messages of hope, redemption and grace that Sonefeld discovered after overcoming his substance abuses. Sonefeld views Love as a celebration of faith with an urgent reminder of making the relationship with God a daily surrender. He understands that continual surrender, as in his mid-20's Sonefeld joined Hootie & the Blowfish, who after years of touring became one of the mainstays for rock music with two Grammy Awards and over 16-million albums sold. Fame and fortune provided a fertile ground for hiding his chemical dependency that led to Sonefeld's downward spiral before renewing his faith.
"I don't think there's any point in life where you should say I got here, I'm done, this is awesome. That's what I did. I thought I had arrived. The fame, the glory, it can feel really good, and it did feel very good, and the money didn't hurt either, but I used all of it to try to fill in that gap where I did not have Jesus."
"You can throw money at a problem, you can throw popularity and enabling friends, but if you don't get to the root of the problem it's just going to keep going in a circle. At the time, I didn't know anything was wrong. I didn't know my life wasn't fulfilled, I didn't know that I didn't have a spiritual footing. Here's what fame and fortune will do: it will allow you to put on a false sense of success. It can deceive you into thinking that since you've been successful in society's eyes, you're whole."
Now that he has a solid spiritual foundation, Sonefeld is active with two ministries, Celebrate Recovery® and the Hootie & The Blowfish charity event, Homegrown Roundup, which provides school supplies, backpacks, shoes, uniforms, dental and eye exams, and haircuts to children in need.